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Re: SuSE Linux K-Menu YAST Control Center Priviledge Escalation Vulnerability
From: Matthias Leisi <matthias () astrum ch>
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2004 20:13:34 +0200
Radoslav Dejanović wrote:
It does pose some risk,
however, for it might allow unprivileged user to take a look at some data
that should be hidden from the user (for example, you can look at firewall
settings but can't make changes).
But if the user is allowed to read this file (eg. somewhere in /etc)
through Yast, then he can read it anyway, let's say through less.
On the other hand, you can start yast from console with -firewall switch
and have a peek at the settings (still can't make changes), so this isn't
KDE fault but flaw in yast itself. It would be wise to add some paranoia
to yast so it won't show sensitive data to unprivileged user.
Which is a bad idea, since it merely hides the problem.